Better stock up on Band Aids … rip-roaring party-starters Bleeding Knees Club are back, baby!
After bit of a hiatus, the home-grown hooligans have a new line-up to show off, and new songs for you to hear.
Bursting out of the Gold Coast in 2010 with high-rotation triple j hits “Have Fun” and “Teenage Girls”, it wasn’t long before the rest of the world quickly sat up and took notice. UK music bible NME named them as one of the 50 Best New Bands of 2011, and the duo recorded their debut album in New York City with producer Dev Hynes (Blood Orange).
The resultant 2012 record “Nothing To Do” was a raw and urgent set of songs about girls, getting high, and sticking it to The Man. In Australia, triple j Mag awarded it 9/10 and said it was “an album you can’t help but love”, while NME hailed the band’s “undeniable knack for turning out two-minute garage-pop songs”.
In its wake Bleeding Knees Club notched up an enviable list of shows worldwide with the likes of Wavves, Best Coast, The Vines, Black Lips, OFF! and more. They played the UK’s Great Escape Festival, and both CMJ and South By Southwest in the USA. At home they blitzed the Big Day Out, Homebake, Splendour In The Grass and Falls festivals, as well as stressing-out security guards nationwide on their 2012 run of chaotic Call The Cops shows with best buds DZ Deathrays and Yacht Club DJ’s.
We last heard from the boys on 2013’s anthemic single “Feel”. Mess+Noise opined the song was “still intoned with nasal earnestness over crashing bubblegum punk, but it could just be a sign of a more grown-up band”.
Frontman Alex Wall has spent the last few years living between New York, Los Angeles and the Gold Coast, while releasing three albums and touring worldwide as his sci-fi punk solo project Wax Witches.
Now based back in Australia, he’s diving head-first into a mountain of Bleeding Knees Club songs he’s written over the past couple of years, as well as revisiting all their trademark anthems. Co-founder Jordan Malane has decided to step back from BKC duties, so please high-five the new line-up of Michael Barker (guitar), Gio Ronaldo (bass) and Nick Leighton (drums), and make them feel welcome.
Now live as a 4-piece band for the first time, Bleeding Knees Club are bigger, louder and more pumped-up than ever before. Come join the Club!